KUCHING: Sarawak police launched a five-day operation on July 28 to ensure smooth traffic flows during Hari Raya Aidiladha which is celebrated tomorrow (July 31).

State Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department chief Supt Alexson Naga Chabu said the operation, codenamed Ops Lancar, would concentrate on 23 hotspots to deal with an influx of vehicles, especially in major cities such as Kuching, Miri, Sibu and Bintulu.

He said the operation would focus on locations which were expected to experience congestion and areas with frequent road accidents.

“As such, the purpose of this operation is to ensure the smooth flows of traffic, especially during peak hours.

“In addition, we will also enforce compliance with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) of the recovery movement control order (RMCO) in frequently visited areas throughout the state as well as public stopover locations along the Pan-Borneo Highway.”

Alexson advised motorists to always heed the SOPs set by the government, such as wearing face masks in public places and practising the social distancing rules.

He also advised Sarawakians returning to their respective village to celebrate Hari Raya Aidiladha or for holiday to obey the speed limit set or allowed on a particular road.

“Follow traffic signs on the road. Drivers must know and understand the meaning of a signage placed on the left and right sides of the road.

“Avoid the right lane on dual carriageway such as Jalan Kuching – Serian. Keep a safe distance from vehicles in front,” he advised.

Alexson stressed that drivers must be courteous on the road and  considerate to other road users to ensure that all could reach their destinations safely.

“Inspect your vehicles before travelling and plan ahead to avoid fatigue. Drivers, who are tired and sleepy are advised to take a break of at least 15 minutes or to switch drivers,” he said.